BC: Hannah Katherine Harris
FC: My Second Pregnancy
1: A Prayer for Baby Harris Bless this child inside my womb, As she grows stronger each day. Keep her in thy loving care, Watch over her I pray. With much anticipation We're awaiting her arrival, And we're depending upon you father, For this tiny one's survival. We'll love her endlessly And care for her our very best. She'll be our pride and joy This child with which we're blessed. Help us to remember She really is your child, You'v put her in our home, For just a little while. Lord please bless our family With favors from above, As we grow in size May we also grow in love. -By Debbie Chaffin
2: Spreading the news We are eager people and couldn't wait to tell everyone the news. The books and doctors all say to wait 12 weeks, but there is no way I can do that. We told Rick's family first on Father's day over the phone, and then since we were having brunch with my family we announced it to them that day too. I made a homemade cake the night before and wrote on it "1 more makes 4" We ate brunch and then started to celebrate my mom's birthday. First I brought out a cake that was decorated for her and we sang "Happy Birthday". Next, I brought out the special announcement cake and put it on the table. Everyone read it , but didn't seem to quite understand what it meant. I guess Jackie got it right away and kept reading it out loud slowly to everyone, each time getting a little louder and a little more excited. It took everyone else a little while to get it, but finally they realized that I was pregnant. Everyone seems excited to have a new Harris to love and cuddle with | You Grow from a bunch of cells to an Embryo that is 0.2 inches (4-5 mm) and you are about the size of a BB pellet | Your skeleton, eyes, limb buds, brain hemispheres, eyes, nostrils, and intestines are forming | Your heart divides into chambers and begins to beat
3: 1st Month | First Month Blog May 27th- June 23rd Well, Rick and I found out we were pregnant on June 17th- the day before Father's day. While we were talking about trying to get pregnant in a couple of months, the pregnancy came a little earlier than expected. We were super excited and we can't wait for the pregnancy. After traveling to Mexico and Minnesota, I was feeling quite gassy-more than usual. I didn't quite believe it was a pregnancy causing it, but the thought crossed my mind a few times. On Saturday the 17th, I was waiting for my menstrual cycle to begin. I went upstairs in the afternoon and took a pregnancy test just to put my mind at ease that my cycle would begin in a few days. Much to my surprise the word "Pregnant" was flashing loud and clear on the digital test. I went outside to hang out with Rick and Brynn by the pool. I started asking Rick if he has enjoyed being a father. Of course he said "yes". I asked him if he wanted another child and he responded, "yes, someday." I responded, "We're going to have another kid" and he again said, "Definitely, after I get settled in my job". At that point, I pulled out the pregnancy test and watched his mouth drop in amazement. We spent the rest of the afternoon just soaking it all in and getting excited. Prior to finding out about the pregnancy I was very bloated, incredibly gassy, numb fingers periodically, and I had mild cramps that were sporadic and alternated sides. After testing positive, I have had random episodes of nausea (they only last a couple of minutes thank goodness), a little extra emotional, very tired by the end of the day, bad cold/sick, enlarged breast- Yahoo! We don't have our first doc appointment until July 20th. They will draw blood, do a pap, and a full physical exam. They changed their policy which blew my mind because I had an appointment the week after I tested positive with Brynn. I hate having to wait so long!
4: Second Month Blog June 24th-July 21st Symptoms: -Crazy emotional and moody- no consistency to when it happens and it just takes over my body. I realize it is happening but I can't do anything about it. -Gassy and bloated- Flat stomach in the morning, feels like a balloon at night. -Extreme fatigue- usually get tired around 1 or 2pm and have to lay down for nap. -Weight gain -Tender/larger breast -Mild cramping -Bouts of nausea usually happens 30-60 minutes after I eat meals, but I wouldn't say I am suffering from morning sickness. -Crazy dreams- especially about bugs and my sorority Chi Omega Thoughts/Feelings: -I loved when Rick gave my belly a bunch of kisses before he left for his first business trip with Amerifresh. -I am not as eager to "show" as I was with Brynn. I am quite content keeping a waist for a while so I can still shave my legs and wear normal clothes. -Some nights I can tell when I over it do it during the day lifting Brynn, playing, cooking, cleaning up the house, running errands and working on the business. Those are the nights I am very emotional and my patience with Brynn at bedtime is lower. -I am super excited about this baby and I can't wait to grow and feel the baby move. I am obsessed with how it is growing and I constantly touch my belly. -I've already started watching all the baby/birthing shows on television and I am starting to get really excited about finding out the gender of the baby in a couple of months. | 6 Weeks | 8 Weeks
5: A moment in my tummy...a lifetime in my heart | Baby Harris We Can't wait o meet you | Fetal Development * This month you grow from a baby the size of a pinto bean (0.8 inches), to the size of a green olive (1.2 inches), then to the size of a small plum (1.68 inches) and at the end of the month you grow to the size of a large lime (2.4 inches) *Your eyelids, tip of nose, ears, valves in the heart, lungs, elbows, fingers, neck, fingernails, private parts, and organ systems develop this month * You can now move your body and limbs * You begin to look more like a little baby this month *You become a fetus instead of an embryo this month!
6: Third Month Blog July 22nd-August 25th Symptoms: -Different every day -Bloated, kind of feels like the baby moving -Moods and emotions still going crazy and I am irrational and down right rude -Tender and large breasts -Sore back from chasing and picking up Brynn and Riley, I already busted out the heating pad -Some days I am more tired than usual -Constipation started- Not fun! Thoughts/Feelings: -I'm not so worried about miscarriage but really nervous that something could be wrong with the baby -I feel like I am eating like crap and not making it a priority to feed the baby well -I swear I thought I felt the baby move on Saturday, August 4th which would make me 11 weeks pregnant. That seems too early ! I was very relaxed on the couch, laying on my back and I felt little flutters/movements. I didn't have any gas or indigestion and I was feeling the movements in the same spot (left side, very low abdomen) Usually, when I have gas/indigestion it is much higher. Not sure if it was the baby or not- but I sure would like to think it was! | Fetal Development -This month you grow from 2.5 inches to 4.5 inches which is like growing from a peach to a softball. Your weight changes from 0.3 oz to 1.75 oz -The structures that already formed continue to grow and develop, except the growth of your head slows down. -The centers of your bone form and they harden because they retain calcium -Fingers and toes are separated and your nails are growing -Your digestive system is capable of pushing food through bowels and absorbs glucose (sugar) -The pituitary gland is beginning to make hormones in your brain -You are moving quite a bit now and sucking your thumb -Fine hair called lanugo covers your body | 10 Weeks | 12 Weeks
7: A Pea in the Pod | On July 31st, I went to the doctor for our first ultrasound. Unfortunately, daddy couldn't come because he had to work and we could only get an early appointment. I was so nervous going into the appointment because I wanted everything to be okay with the baby. Right away I was shocked because it actually looked like a little baby on the screen rather than a little grain of rice with a heart beat like my first ultrasound with Brynn. With this baby I was able to see arms, legs, hands, feet, a strong heart beat, nose and a jaw starting to form. I saw the baby jump a couple of times and wave it's hand. Most of the time the baby had both hands cupped by it's nose which was really cute. The heart rate was 154 and the baby is measuring 10 weeks 3 days. The due date will be February 23rd.
8: "We Laugh, We Cry We Make Time Fly Best Friends we are, My Mom & I" | Fetal Development * This month you grow from 4.3 inches to 6 inches * Your weight increases from 2.8 oz to 7 oz *Your legs are longer than your arms *Fine Lanugo hair now covers most of your body *Fat begins to form *Your rapid growth rate slows down a little *Heart defects can now be detected with an ultrasound | 14 Weeks | 16 Weeks
9: Fourth Month Blog August 26th- September 22nd Symptoms: -I get sick to my stomach more often now which is interesting because the experts say you are supposed to get more energy and feel better during the second trimester. It still just comes and goes at random times. -Bad sleep-I get insomnia quite a bit and I get up every night around 2 am to go to the bathroom -Crazy dreams- they got better for a few weeks but now they are back! -Bad skin/acne- I seem to be breaking out like crazy and my skin is super oily. -I am getting backaches already. I think I get them because of how I sit on the floor when playing with Brynn and just carrying her around a lot during the day. Thoughts/Feelings: - I can't believe I am now in the second trimester. Some days I feel like this pregnancy will seem like it will move slow, and then some days I freak out thinking I will have two kids in February and how fast that will come. -I enjoy the fact that I can still wear regular clothes and that I still feel relatively light on my feet, but I want to see some more progress so I "feel" more pregnant. I want my belly to be hard and round and I want to be able to feel the baby kicking from the outside. -Rick and I picked up our baby furniture and we have the crib and dresser set up in the guest room. We are going to start decorating the room for the new baby soon! -Rick and I are eager to find out the gender of the baby a week from today. I keep thinking it is a boy but we are expecting to hear that the baby will be a girl -I can now feel the baby move, but it is really subtle and every couple of days, nothing on a regular basis. -If I had to guess, I think the baby has its head up right now instead of down. I can feel my uterus toward the top and it is really hard. One day it will be hard on the left and then next day it will be hard on the right.
10: Sneak Peak September 21st We had our big ultrasound when mommy was 18 weeks pregnant and found out we are having a baby GIRL!!! The ultrasound went great and the baby looks very healthy. She was laying side to side (transverse) and had her legs crossed and bent. It took about a half hour before Deb could determine the gender because she needed to move and uncross her legs. By the end of the ultrasound she moved and was laying breech. I am guessing she will cozy up into the same position Brynn did and we will end up moving forward with another c-section with this baby. Her heart rate was 155 and she weighed about 7 ounces. We saw her wave , suck her thumb, yawn, and mover her legs. She was quite active, but because she was so small I couldn't feel it at all! She looks like she has the same cute button nose that Brynn has and we were able to count all 10 fingers and all 10 toes! | It's A Girl!
11: 20 Weeks | Fifth Month Blog September 23rd-October 20th Symptoms: -In addition to the symptoms from prior months, new ones that have emerged are constipation and hemorrhoids. Thoughts/Feelings: -Despite the symptoms I am still feeling great and enjoying this pregnancy! For a while I got to the point where I wasn't really feeling pregnant at all. -I traveled to Chicago Sept. 26th. I was worried a bit because my belly shrank, I couldn't feel the hardness of my uterus anymore, and I wasn't feeling the baby move. However, by the end of the trip everything was good again. -I can really feel the baby move now! She seems to kick more downward toward my bladder and tailbone than she does out, but each day I feel a few good punches and kicks, and I can feel the movements from the outside with my hand. -Rick felt the baby move for the first time on Sunday, Oct. 7th! We were laying down to go to bed and he put his hand on my belly. She only gave him 1 good kick but I was glad he could feel it. He felt Brynn move for the first time the exact same week in my pregnancy (20 weeks) -I am so eager to see this baby and meet her. I wonder every day if she will look like Brynn or if she will come out with darker features. I wonder if she will be an easy infant and sleep well like her big sister. -I feel like am so busy during this pregnancy that I think February is going to sneak up on us really fast. -I am having a ton of fun right now planning out the girls' rooms. We decided to move Brynn into the guest room and decorate it more for a toddler. The new baby will go into Brynn's room and the decorations will stay the same except I will change out the name letters above the crib. -We started talking about names but Rick and I have very different interests with this baby. We made a list of 10 or so names we both liked and then we each ranked them. The names in his top 4 were at the bottom of my list and vice-versa. We want the middle name to be Katherine after all the women in his family. | Fetal Development -This month you grow from 6.4 inches to 8 inches, which is the size of a large banana to a small doll. and our weight increases from 9 oz to 1 pound -Your epidermis is arranged in 4 layers and Your skin is protected from the amniotic fluid by a white pasty substance called vernix. -Your digestive system allows you to start swallowing the fluid -Lips are more distinct and first signs of teeth are appearing as buds beneath your gum line. your eyes are developed but your iris still lacks pigment, your eyelids and eyebrows are developed
12: How we chose your name | Other Names We Considered -Kaylyn Rebecca -Anna -Lauren -Brooke -Kayla -Hailey -Caitlyn -Kayley | Hannah Katherine Harris As soon as we found out we were having a little girl we worked really hard to find the perfect name for you. We flipped through baby name books and started making a list of any names that sounded nice. Our list was quite long and had 43 names so mommy typed them up on the computer. We sat down and each crossed off names that we decided we didn't really like as much as the others. We were able to narrow our list down to 25 names. Next, mommy and daddy put check marks next to our most favorite names and we compared lists. We narrowed our choices down to 6 great names (Anna, Lauren, Hannah, Brooke, Kayla, and Kayln). Finally, we each ranked our names 1-6 and much to our surprise we both ranked Hannah #1!!! We decided to make your middle name Katherine after all the wonderful women on Daddy's side of the family. There are multiple generations of Katherine's and we really wanted to keep the name in the family Your name is extra special because it means Grace of God and it is also a palindrome which means it is spelled the same forward and backward. | Hannah
13: My Maternity Clothes I wasn't looking forward to wearing maternity clothes again because they just are not very flattering. However, I found a few pieces that I consider my "favorites" and I wear these all the time. My all time favorite outfit is my black hooded sweatsuit. Super comfy and slimming too. In this pregnancy I love wearing my cuffed cropped jeans quite often too. I look forward to the days when I can shop for cute "regular size" clothes again.
14: Sisters Forever
15: Sisters are different flowers from the same garden. ~Author Unknown
16: If Men Got Pregnant 1. Maternity leave would last 2 years...with full pay 2. There would be a cure for stretch marks 3. Natural childbirth would become obsolete 4. Morning sickness would rank as the nation's #1 health problem 5. All methods of birth control would be 100% effective 6. Children would be kept in the hospital until toilet trained 7. Men would be eager to talk about commitment 8. They wouldn't think twins were so cute 9. Sons would have to be home from dates by 10:00pm 10. Briefcases would be used as diaper bags 11. They'd stay in bed during the entire pregnancy 12. Restaurants would include ice cream and pickles as main entrees 13. Paternity suits would be a fashion line of clothes 14. Women would rule the world!! | Fetal Development -This month you grow from 8.4 inches to 9.2 inches -Your weight increases from 1.2 pounds to 2 pounds -Your taste buds are developing -Your lungs develop branches of the "tree" and you produce surfactant which helps the air sacs inflate easily -If you were delivered now, you could survive with the help of ventilators -Nerve pathways in your ears are developing so you can hear noises and respond to sounds -You now open and close your eyes and sleep and wake at regular intervals
17: "A mother's love perceives no impossibilities" | Sixth Month Blog October 21st- November 24th Symptoms: -Getting up at night to go to the bathroom 2 or 3 times and getting more uncomfortable and tossing and turning quite a bit during the night. I need to sleep with an extra pillow between my legs to make my hips and pelvis more aligned. -Hemorrhoids that are bursting when I go #2 and really BAD acid reflux that has been waking me up in the middle of the night, gagging me and burning my throat. -My appetite has increased and I think I am packing on more pounds right now than I did with Brynn. I don't really crave hot chocolate any more but I am really into eating candy (thanks to Halloween). -I am going through this weird psychological phase right now. Early in the pregnancy I went through this phase where I had extreme fear especially when I was home alone. Right now I am in the phase where I worry about death all the time and I have horrible visions of things that can happen to my family. I guess the reality of the responsibility of being a parent is kicking in right now, and the fact that I love Rick, Brynn and Hannah so much overwhelms me to the point that I don't what I would do if I lost them. -I am kind of feeling really self-conscious of myself right now and I am in this phase where I think I look really bad. I hate passing a mirror and I feel really large and unattractive Thoughts/Feelings: -We picked out a name for our little baby that is growing like crazy. Hannah Katherine Harris! -We redecorated the guest room to be Brynn's new toddler room. She has officially moved in and the nursery is once again empty and just waiting for the baby to arrive. -Hannah is moving around like crazy. I am not sure she sleeps very much which makes me a little nervous about what kind of newborn she is going to be. I am hoping for a good sleeper! -Aunt Jackie says I am in my second trimester nesting phase because I am going crazy with projects. I have lots of energy right now, which is awesome. I am soaking up the energy because I know in a few weeks I will start to get more uncomfortable. -I feel like I went through a growth spurt the last 2 weeks. My belly seemed to get extra big! -We can't wait to meet Hannah on February 15th at 12:00pm (yup we scheduled our C-Section!)
18: Seventh Month Blog November 24th - December 24th Symptoms; -Swelling in my feet has gone down a bit now that I am not sitting at the sewing machine round the clock. -Feeling a little more hungry these days too. I am still addicted to candy and I love soda during this pregnancy. -Overall, I feel really good and don't have too many complaints in regards to back aches, sore hips, etc... -I've had some cramping and Hannah's fetal movements slowed down a bit, so I made my first trip to OB triage! I was having major contractions. They were coming every couple of minutes. The contractions slowed down on their own so I did not have to get a tributaline shot. As soon as my contractions slowed down, Hannah started to move again Thoughts/Feelings: -This was the same time during the pregnancy with Brynn when all of my complications with kidney stones began. I remember this week very vividly and I just hoped to get further along in Hannah's pregnancy before experiencing something similar. I have passed 5 kidney stones but thankfully none of them have hurt. -As the pregnancy progresses I am getting more nervous about having 2 kids. I started obsessing about all the things that are going to be different having a newborn again. | 26 Weeks | 28 Weeks
19: Adorable Little Girl | A Look Inside Running Errands and talking on the phone, I am pleasantly reminded that I am not alone. Little tiny hands a precious rounded knee pushing and twisting that no one else can see. Oh sweet child kicking up your heels, it is our little secret that only I can feel. I look forward to your birth, when I can kiss your skin, but for now I will just smile, as I feel you play within. | Fetal Development: -This month you grow from 16 inches to 18 inches -Your weight increases from 2.4 pounds to 3.5 pounds -Your brain forms grooves on the surface and the amount of tissue increases -Eyebrows and eyelashes become more present and the hair on your head becomes longer -Your body is more plump because of fat under the skin and your lanugo starts to disappear -Your nails have reached the tops of your fingers and toes and your skin is pink and smooth
20: 33 Weeks | Fetal Development: -This month you grow from 18.9 inches to 20.25 inches -Your weight increases from 4 pounds to 5.5 pounds -Creases form around your wrists and neck -You have dimples on your elbows and knees -You do less kicking and more twisting/wiggling/rolling -You have regular periods of REM (active) sleep, deep sleep, active wakefulness and quiet wakefulness -Your lungs are approaching maturity -Mommy will have many Braxton Hicks contractions to prepare the cervix and uterus for birth | 31 Weeks
21: "A Mother's love never ages." | Eighth Month Blog November 25th- December 24th Symptoms: -Acid Reflux- I constantly feel like I have throw up in my throat and I can't lay down comfortably. I sleep upright and pop Tums and Pepcid every hour. -Shortness of breath- I am very short of breath and take in these deeps breaths. Also her movements are so much more high and I feel her feet on my rib cage. -Swollen ankles and lower legs -Lower back aches andmy Pelvic bones and hips are sore which makes it hard to walk. I have a very distinctive waddle. -20+ bathroom trips a day and bloody noses -Difficulty sleeping- positions are uncomfortable and I feel a lot of pressure when I lay on my side. I get dizzy if I lay on my back too long. -Contractions- I have tons of braxton hicks contractions. They don't seem to get longer, stronger or closer together so I haven't worried about pre-term labor too much. My uterus is quite active and I have many per day. Some are stronger than others and I can feel my whole belly tighten. Rick is always amazed to feel my belly get so hard and then a minute later feel again and it is mushy and soft. Thoughts/feelings: -It is impossible to ignore the symptoms that come along with being 8 months pregnant but I will be counting down the days until Hannah is born on February 15th and I am so excited. Let's just hope I can relax and enjoy these last 6 weeks without too many discomforts. -I am more emotional and moody than I have been the entire pregnancy. I am calling it the pre-partum depression. I have pretty poor self esteem in this pregnancy for some reason. -This coming week I am going to paint/decorate the letters for her room so we can start personalizing it for her since it used to be Brynn's room. I started working on a draft of Hannah's birth announcements too. -Jackie and Brian threw us a really nice party to celebrate Hannah's pregnancy and birth
22: Our Baby Shower
23: Entrees Made Easy Jackie and Brian threw us a really nice party to celebrate Hannah's pregnancy and birth. We went to Entrees Made Easy and we prepared meals that we can freeze and use after Hannah's born. Each couple made us 5 meals as a gift so we have TONS of food! Jackie did a great job decorating with pink roses, a pink and brown cake, and she organized a game where Rick had to be pregnant and give birth! Our friends and family wrote fun/cute sayings on a bunch of baby diapers so when we change Hannah, we will get a laugh from all the cute things they say. That sure will make diaper changing fun! It was a wonderful evening and we feel blessed to have such generous friends and family!
24: Ninth Month Blog January 26th- February 15th Symptoms: -Very sore pelvis. The baby is putting a lot of pressure down there and my bones must be spreading apart. I can't cross my legs comfortably and getting up from a sitting or standing position is next to impossible. The good news is, I can breath easier now as she moves down even further in my pelvis and my acid reflux is much more random. -Constipation- need I say more? -My blood sugar is all out of whack. If I don't eat when my body wants food, I get really light headed, dizzy, and my hands shake really bad. -Back aches -Moodiness- Every once in a while I get in a real funk and it seems like nothing goes right. I can cry at the drop of a hat and everything my husband does frustrates me. Thankfully they only last a day or so and then I am back to normal. -Very puffy ankles, feet and calves -Persistent head aches- I have been popping Tylenol extra strength almost every night -Decreased appetite. I eat regular meals, but I am not really hungry these days. I guess Hannah is just taking up too much room. -Lots of braxton hicks contractions which make me laugh because poor Hannah gets squeezed so hard her little butt sticks out. -Nausea- I feel like I have morning sickness some days Thoughts/feelings: -I only have 12 more days left of being pregnant. I am running around like crazy and being incredibly anal trying to get everything done -I am busy sewing for Three Purple Pigs. I worked hard over the weekend so I could hopefully go to bed early every night the last week of my pregnancy. -Rick and I had a garage sale and we are very please to tuck away $250 in the safe to use for diapers and formula for Hannah. -Rick and I were talking about all of our memories from my c-section recovery with Brynn. He reminded me that for a few weeks after my surgery every time I ate, I got this bad pain in my intestines, and I went through a lot of dizzy spells around 3 months later. I wonder if those things will happen again? -Rick said I am complaining more this pregnancy. I guess since I didn't have any major pain associated with my kidney stones, my pg symptoms seem magnified. Who cares, I think I am entitled to complain a little when I only have 5 more days to go!go. | 36 Weeks | 38 Weeks
25: Dear Hannah, It is 4:00am on the day of your birthday and I am up eating breakfast. Of course that seems very silly since it is still dark and I should still be sleeping, however I can't eat anything or even drink water 8 hours prior to my surgery. I wanted to get some food in me to help me get through the morning. It is so quiet in the house and I am in a very relaxed mood and I am thinking about what a very special day today is. For 9 months, we have had a very special bond. I have felt you move everyday even when no one else knew. I endured your many bouts of hiccups, I grabbed your little feet when you poked them out the side of my belly, and I even gave you your first lecture whenever you kicked my bladder or sent stabbing pains through my pelvis with your head and hands. While I am so excited to meet you today, I know I will miss the ultimate bond we have when I am carrying you inside my body. You are getting so big now, and mommy is running out of room to hold you, I just know you are ready to come out too and stretch your arms and legs. Your big sister Brynn has given you love everyday since my belly started to get a little bigger. We cuddle on the couch in the morning watching cartoons and she lifts my shirt and lays her head on my belly to "listen" to you. She gave you lots of kisses and squealed in delight many times when we said, "Where is baby Hannah?". You are going to be one very loved girl. I bought you a very special bracelet that I am going to give you when you are born. I hope it fits, but I wanted you to have something that can keep all your life. When you are my age (31 years old!!! yikes) I hope you think it is special to look at something from the very day of your birth and maybe even pass it on to your kids. I can't wait to see what you look like, I can't wait to hold your hand and kiss your tiny lips. I promise I will cuddle you, love you, and take very good care of you. You are a blessing from God Hannah K (I just know that is what I am going to call you sometimes). Have a safe trip into this world. Love, Mommy
26: Near the end, I had a weekly trip to New Horizons Women's care. Each visit I got weight, gave a urine sample , and had pelvic exam
27: My Doctor Bills for the Delivery
28: Labor Day February 15th, 2008
29: Hannah's Birth Story The morning of Hannah's birth, Rick and I got up early and watched a few of our recorded television programs before Brynn woke up for the day. We both couldn't sleep and needed just some "together" time before heading to the hospital. Around 9:00am we loaded up Brynn and all of her overnight bags and dropped her off at Grandma and Grandpa Elsen's house. We arrived at Chandler Regional at 10:00am and checked in at the front desk. We didn't have to wait at all and they immediately took me back to maternity triage where I would be prepped for surgery. We spent 2 hours with our triage nurse Tamara while she started my IV, ordered blood work, monitored the baby, gave me medicine, asked me a billion questions, and had me chug the really horrible tasting nausea medicine. Rick and I got suited up in our scrubs around 12:00pm and at that point we started to realize that we were finally going to meet Hannah in a very short time. At 12:00pm Rick and I walked to the operating room. He had to wait outside in the daddy chair while I went in and got prepped for surgery. He said his wait didn't seem as long because our doctor was out there scrubbing up and getting dressed and she kept him company. Meanwhile, I climbed up the tall table in the center of the big, white, sterile room. The anesthesiologist started my spinal tap. He could not get it in and he was saying it was because I have a curved spine. He tried 3 or 4 times and each time I had a very sharp, shooting pain that felt like someone was snapping my nerves like a rubberband. He finally moved lower and it went in right away. As the surgery and prep progressed I had a bad pain in my shoulder. The anesthesiologist said this was because an air bubble got up near my diaphragm which is directly connected to the nerves in your shoulder. He gave me extra pain meds to help the pain and it worked. Rick came in around 12:25pm and they immediately started cutting. Dr. Raigini did a nice job moving slow so Rick could take pictures and she helped coach him about when was the best time. at 12:35pm Hannah was pulled out with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. Hannah cried a lot while she was in the operating room. I got to touch her foot right away and then they took her to the warming station to look her over. I watched from the table in amazement.
30: Once she was all bundled up, I got to give her a kiss before she was whisked away with Rick to the nursery for testing. The doctors finished closing me up and I was rolled onto a bed. When we left the OR, I was wheeled right past the nursery where my mom and sister Jackie were watching Hannah through the window. They were able to come give me a quick kiss before I was wheeled into triage to recover for 2 hours. I couldn't feel my legs for 2 hours which is the most strange feeling ever. I was not very out of it, considering the number of drugs they pumped through my system. The nurses all said I recover very well and I am not like many of their c-section patients. That made me feel good. I had lots of itching in my head, chest, and nose. This is from the spinal medication. I wasn't out of it, but I was very dizzy. I started to feel soreness in my belly so they started me on the pain meds through my iv. I was also given pitosin to jump start my uterine contractions which helps in recovery. I was all alone with my nurses Shirley and Lauren for these 2 hours because Rick was in the nursery. Right before they were going to wheel me to my post partum room, I got to hold my baby girl for the first time. Rick actually wheeled her along side me bed as we were moved to our room. I was wheeled up to my post partum room (#107) at 3:00pm and at that point we were now able to get settled, have visitors, and we were now able to care for Hannah 24/7. Her temperature rose 99.2 so we had to unbundle her for awhile. Grandma Elsen and Aunt Jackie were now able to see and hold Hannah and Grandma even got to change her first poopy diaper since Rick was out grabbing some lunch. I took my first round of oral pain meds and got some rest. Grandpa came to visit that same night around 5:30pm and Aunt Jackie came back around 7:00pm. Hannah was spitting up her food quite a bit and she had 2 massive poos in a row. I took more pain meds at 8:30. The nurse Jane took Hannah for her hearing test at 9:30pm and it seemed like she was gone forever. When she got back we found out she passed on her left ear, but was referred on her right ear. We will have to get it checked again, but the doctors are not worried. They seem to think she just has excess fluid in that ear and it didn't get squeezed out because I didn't have a vaginal birth. At 9:45pm, my nurse Jane came in to clean me up in the bathroom. It was my first time out of bed. I took my first walk in the hallway and did well. I only had a little incision pain, but I was quite dizzy which made walking hard. I just tried to get some sleep the rest of the night which was difficult because of the interruptions by nurses, lab techs, and Hannah. Regardless, it was a GLORIOUS DAY!!!!
31: Fresh From Heaven